During the 164th Annual Convention, Deepak Azad, M.D., M.P.H., an internal medicine and occupational medicine specialist, took the oath to become president of our 7,900-member organization.
Dr. Azad, with Floyd Memorial Medical Group in Scottsburg, previously completed seven terms as both ISMA treasurer and assistant treasurer. He has been a member of several important committees, commissions and task forces within the ISMA, including the Commission on Legislation.
In his address to the House of Delegates, Dr. Azad talked about the example set by his father, a family physician in their small hometown in western India, “His mantra to me was to always get involved in improving the lives of those around us.”
The elder Dr. Azad did that by advocating for a road to connect their small town to the city. He created the slogan “no road, no vote” to capture government attention, and a road soon appeared – improving life for the local community.
“Those of you here today understand that playing an active role is crucial in organized medicine,” the new president told delegates. “Our obligation is to not only care for our patients, but also to believe in our ability to deal with the largest issues we and our patients face today.”
Dr. Azad has admitting privileges at Clark Memorial Hospital, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been medical staff president and executive committee member at Scott Memorial Hospital and served as medical director for the Southern Indiana Internal Medicine and Occupational Health Center.